Liverpool council has defended its use of staff on “zero hours” contracts after it emerged up to 500 staff at the authority were employed on them.

Information revealed under the Freedom of Information Act shows that there are 442 people who work for the authority who are not given fixed hours per week.

Politicians and trade unions have launched high-profile campaigns in recent years against the conditions, which they claim commit people to low paid jobs that are so irregular in terms of hours that it stops them working elsewhere to earn enough to live on.

Reported by the Liverpool Echo. You can read the full story here. 

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